day 2518 – box squats

i knew going in, that today’s lift was going to be difficult no matter what i do. i couldn’t do conventional squats without a proper working knee so modified it to box squats. box squatting an empty would be a win. it felt comfortable after a couple of warm up sets so started adding a few weights which soon became the green plates. pretty happy that the knee is progressing to the point where i could load some weight and bend as low as parallel

day 2486 – killarney privates

starting my first week of privates and small group classes at another facility which i hope to keep running. i’ve taken some decisions into my own hands and started teaching privates outside of the main school because of the constant inconclusive decisions i receive from the man above. i really missed all the students and coaching in general. it was a tiring but productive saturday. i must say teaching four or five consecutive hours privates and not getting to eat lunch until 4:30pm is quite brutal

day 2480 – self cupping

was looking into recovery remedies and remembered my dad had bought a cupping set from china years ago. pulled it out of my drawer and randomly applied some on my ailing shoulder. i had no idea what i was doing, but there’s no harm since it’s been bothering me for months and i haven’t been able to see my chiropractor or physio. part of me hopes there’s some kind of magic or miracle in this

day 2457 – whiskey hazelnut

earnest is a luxury that i save only to indulge as a reward. i had a rather rough week coping internally, especially in training. whenever there’s any sign of improvement in my knee, a setback happens like excessive inflammation during drills or walking into a car. what made me content is that even though things didn’t go well, i kept up with the training. it’s important to keep drilling, but it’s equally important to accept that some things may not be at it’s best and that’s when i can work on other skills

day 2430 – sticky bug

was so bored stuck at home i literally ran up the wall. i decided to put some time into two of my weaknesses – handstand and bridge. i did a few sticky bugs to get a sense of upside down positioning. then did some bridging and increased it from a ten second hold to a twenty second hold. i also spent some time stretching because i need to get back into practicing my poomsae kicking. i’d like to add these to my quarantine routine

day 2374 – squat days

skipping the paused squats and added a little bit of weight to the old fashioned back squats. it was deloaded week so kept the weights in check and didn’t stretch myself too far. i also did some lighter cleans for feelers and they felt doable. i hope return to apex this week and start off feeling more fresh. it being the first of february sure seems like some resolutioners dropped off because the gym is slowly becoming less packed

day 2342 – evo ankle

i went out to apex for my last workout of the decade and did a bunch of snatch work. the good way to end off the year off strong and be well prepared for more in the new year. i delayed this for long, but i finally went out and got the evo ankle stabilizer physio prescribed. i’m not sure when and how i will be using this. i honestly don’t know if there’s anything that can prevent the motions my ankle can’t take, but everything is worth a shot at this point

say 2255 – extra trainings

staying extra late for extra training. only at the end did it occur to me that i didn’t even get a sip of water throughout the entire seven and a half hour shift. some kids are really a handful, but i’ll have to learn to deal with it so my assistants don’t get exposed. glad i got a chance to catch up with two of the originals of wu’s the held the reign with me. had some good talks and nostalgic moments

day 2056 – goalie gear

inherited three more pieces of equipment to add to my sports collection. i’m two steps closer to having a full set of gear to play in net. i’m excited to try goal this weekend, but before i can do that, there’s so cleaning that needs to be done. the second-hand trapper and blocker stank so much, my mom smelled it the instant i brought it into the house. i soaked it in detergent soap in desperation but my guess is even that’s not enough to get rid of any of the odor

day 1940 – lunch on me

lunch for the roundtable was on me as i take my grandma out to eat at her favourite vegetarian temple. my grandma was very happy that her once young granddaughter is now a proven and capable of taking her out. seeing my grandmother happy makes my mom happy, which in turn makes me equally happy. my two grandmas are the reason i visit hong kong as often as i do, so naturally knowing i can do something to brighten up their lives is a fulfillment for me